SRIPUR, Bangladesh: Rescue workers recovered seven bodies Wednesday from the charred ruins of a garment factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital after firefighters brought the massive blaze under control, police said.
Revising an earlier death toll which put the number of dead at nine, local police chief Amir Hossain said most of the victims had been so badly burned that they could not be identified.
“The death toll is seven. Previously we over counted the toll,” Hossain told AFP at the scene of the fire in Sripur, which broke out on Tuesday evening.
“Two bodies have been identified and handed over to their relatives. Five other bodies were charred beyond recognition,” he added.
Hossain said that the fire was now “under control” although parts of the two-storey building were still smouldering.
The fire is the latest in a string of deadly disasters in Bangladeshi garment factories.
A total of 1,129 were killed in April when a garment factory complex collapsed in the nation’s worst industrial disaster.
A fire at the Tazreen garment factory in Dhaka killed 111 workers in November last year.